Michael Collins & the Far Side of the Moon


Like angels in
their lack of free will
hovering above us
purely as agents

Think of Michael Collins
14 orbits around the moon
but never getting closer
than 9 miles to its surface

Command module
for Buzz and Neil
trudging their Seas of Tranquility
and Glory

While alone above their heads
he circled like a film noir taxi
keeping the motor running
for the getaway

But 47 minutes
of each two hour orbit
found him beyond all contact
in truly cosmic solitude

The far side of the moon
with no Earth to look back on
a universe to look out on
all to himself

from Diamond Plate, 2012, Obsolete Press


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